There’s an old proverb: A little knowledge is a dangerous thing
I love rants. Don’t believe me? Read the title of my blog. So yeah, you’re convinced that I really love rants.
Notice that proverb above? Yes, that’s what I’m going to tell you in this post.
A lot of people who are fans of either Apple, Android, Google or iOS rant a lot about the one they like, and talk illogical bullshit about platform they hate. No, I’m not one of them. I’m not a fanboy specifically. I know the advantages and disdvantages of each OS and most importantly in addition to that, the history of each OS, which is what most of the rant-ers miss – half knowledge.
Though half knowledge while ranting does no harm, but still it’s bad to have half knowledge. Consider one day, if you come across violent person who is a fan of the platform you hate, and has full details about each operating system. You start your rants… I don’t have to tell the rest. Many rant-ers quote text from various sources which are biased towards either of the platforms and the statement makes absolutely no sense!
Things you need to know
Steve Jobs said this: Android is a stolen product.
There is no strong base for this claim. According to Apple, because Android contains features similar to iOS, it’s a stolen product. There might be many features similar in both OSes, I don’t know and I don’t care.
If too common things are patented and you call others who use it as theives, then life would be very difficult. For example the sync feature available everywhere. I don’t know who invented it. If it was patented by some company or person, we wouldn’t have free awesome services like Dropbox, Google Drive and iCloud. It’s just absurd and bullshit to call someone a thief because he used your idea and that idea is based on common sense.
Recently, Apple recently won the case against Samsung. One the lawsuits that Apple made against Samsung was the shape of a Samsung tablet which resembled the rectangular shape of iPad.
Wow, you patent a rectangle?! If there’s someone who owns patent of the rectangle then it’s the Greek Mathematicians who discovered the figure centuries ago. I don’t think they had a patent system back then, otherwise all of us would be paying hefty amounts to the mathetmaticians’ successor present now given the large number of rectangles we handle everyday in our life. The phone, keyboard, monitor, notebook, board – the list continues. There are just too many items.
- Android is an Open Source project. We all know what an Open Source project is and how the Open Source model works. If you don’t know, you better search and learn more about it.
- Samsung does NOT develop Android. Samsung had copied the hardware device designs of Apple product for which Apple had filed the lawsuits.
- Android is developed by Open Handset Alliance which includes not only Google, but many other companies as well.
- I’d again mention that Android is an open source project; so the majority – almost all code, is written by the open source community and not by any specfic company.
If that is not satisfying you much, then I’ll tell you a hard truth: iOS is also stolen if you consider the definition stolen as said by Apple.
The bigger question: Why iOS is stolen?
iOS was derived from OS X, which is an operating system developed by Apple. This OS X operating system, derives a lot of code from Darwin which again, derives code from NeXTSTEP, BSD. Notably, the BSD from which the derivation happened was FreeBSD which is a Free and Open Source operating system, similar to Unix which was derived from AT&T Unix, the first operating system that came into existence.
FreeBSD had and still has a license which allows people to commercially sell the product after modifications unlike the GNU GPL and other Open Source licenses. So what Apple did: took a few parts of FreeBSD, Darwin and others, merged into one bundle called OS X and sold it.
That’s the whole story behind OS X. Should now I call OS X is a stolen product because it derives from FreeBSD and other open source projects?
Probably Apple source that you worship would cover this history of iOS/OSX. I’m not against ranting (read the blog title again), but whatever you say must have a sensible and strong base.
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